Do you exercise?? If not you are all lazy

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Debra49659, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. Debra49659

    Debra49659 New Member

    LOL!!!! The doctor I actually like suggested that all of us with FM should be walked at least 4 miles per day, and doing yoga classes where they turned the heat up to 105 degrees....all kinds of aerobic activity and we would all sleep so much better and just feel so terrific.

    I was beyond mad....I told her that just because I am not walking 4 miles at a pace that would make me sweat should not suggest that I am doing nothing all day long. I have kids, a husband, a house to tidy, etc, etc, etc!! I also told her that on any but the worst of days I am as active as possible even just slightly going over a safe level.

    I also told her that will I understand that most everyone goes though a painful experience in thier life. Maybe childbirth, maybe a broken bone. But when you tell me i should be busting my a** everyday, that is the same to me as telling someone with a broken leg to walk on it!

    What a zealot she turned out to be, this is the same doc who put me on the vegan diet which I know relize sent me in a tail spin.

    I was so totally surprised by her views, she is one of those somewhat rare doctors that believe in FM. I'm so disappointed. I feel like I can't continue to see her because we will be going head to head on every visit.

    My mom went with me for the visit as even she was total shocked by her personal beliefs on what works for those of us with FM.

    Once mom and I left we stopped for a quick bite to eat and by the time we had shared our thoughts we had started to have a little fun at the doctors expense of course.

    Hence, my opening comment...can you imagine walking into a room with FM suffers and standing up and pointing to each and everyone and saying "you, you, you, you...all lazy for not exercising, walking and completing in the triathlon!!!"

    Its great to laugh now, but boy did she have me mad!!


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  2. Juloo

    Juloo Member

    Your doctor is BRAIN DEAD.

    Too bad her mouth is still moving!!!!
  3. 7xgrammy

    7xgrammy New Member

    Its hard to believe this doctor says she believes in FM when it appears she doesn't have a clue what its like to live with it everyday and the limitations we have. If I tried to do even part of her physical therapy program, my friends and relatives would be getting invitations to my funeral half way through my exercise attempts.

    I'll stick to my program; shower, dress and put on my shoes if I have enough strength left. Sometimes I can't complete the whole program and sometimes I say to heck with the whole thing.

    Do yourself a favor and look for a different doctor that does understand.


  4. poets

    poets Member

    I agree wholeheartedly. You need to find a new doctor.

    Triathlon nothing! We should all be horsewhipped if we can't run a decathlon!

    Some people just don't get it, do they?

  5. Debra49659

    Debra49659 New Member

    As soon as I see my specialist I will let him know that this on is just not going to work.

    Funny the specialist does not advocate exercise other than what my body tells me it will permit.

    I knew this gal was a super vegan supporter and advocate as well as a fitness lover, but come on!!!!

    Crazy, crazy, crazy!!
  6. gapsych

    gapsych New Member

    Hey Deb, what is wrong with you.

    I do a triathilon every day which consists of getting out of bed. getting dressed and find something to eat. Sometimes I even work in a nightly triathelon (SP? which is the same routine but backwards!!

    Would she tell someone using a cane to throw it away to get more exercise.

    At least you can laugh about it.

    Give us a break!!

    Take care, GA
  7. Debra49659

    Debra49659 New Member

    I really am a slacker!!

  8. tandy

    tandy New Member

    and boy theres tons of em out there!! LOL

    There are a few good drs. (so I hear) I've yet to stumble on one.

    One time at my 1st appoint. with a pain dr.
    he was stressing the importance of exersize to me,...

    and I told him I'm pretty busy with 3 boys at home.
    He told me that that does'nt count as exersize.
    he said "you need to get down on the floor and exersize"
    to which my size 5 to 7 self said "yea,.. I am out of shape, huh?"
    (I was being totally sarcastic because he pissed me off with his exersize lecture)
    I'm laughing now cause he was a lard-a** that looked like he could use the exersize!!

    welp,... let me get back to my 'doing nothing all day'


  9. CanBrit

    CanBrit Member

    Did you ask her if she is going into perimenopause. Holy smokes. I couldn't walk 4 miles. I'd have to be dragged. Limping along with my cane, melting from sweat? She must have been having quite a day!

    I love gardening and in knocks me on my butt every time. It's good you have a sense of humour.

    All the best,

  10. Rosiebud

    Rosiebud New Member

    definitely new doctor - even if you managed to laugh, it wasn't funny at the time and her advice is totally WRONG!!

    This woman could do you a lot of harm.

  11. greatgran

    greatgran Member

    Doctors like yours is what makes out DD so much worse mentally. If they could walk in out shoes , I would love to see them walk 4 miles.

    The sad part is sooooo many doctors feel the same.

    My activity is just trying to do what I can, on good days can do more on bad days its a struggle just to make it.

    I has lost hope in doctors and try to listen to my body, seems every doctor will tell you something different

    That is why I doubt.

    Change doctors and write a letter stating why along with some statements from fm suffers.

    How I wish I could walk just one mile a day.

    God Bless,
  12. Bluebottle

    Bluebottle New Member

    What a silly moo, I do hope you are able to change doctors. I've been housebound for 20 years with M.E. & fibro - if she has the remedy so that we can all manage 4 miles a day, perhaps she would share it?
  13. Cherish1974

    Cherish1974 New Member

    Definitely get a new doc.

    I LOVE to exercise but gosh, I hurt so much in the mornings especially it's hard to do anything, much less specific exercises and I have 3 boys at home as well that I need to take care of. I am going to try to exercise in the evenings though when my body is more loosened up but I know for the first couple of days I'm going to pay for it :(
  14. SusanEU

    SusanEU New Member

    I consider it an accomplishment to get to the mailbox and back sometimes. And, that hot yoga business would send me into a horrible panic attack!!

    Can't believe a doctor in this century could say such a thing.

    I know it's important to move and we do what we can, but jeesh!

    Sue in Ontario
  15. TeaBisqit

    TeaBisqit Member

    I've been skipping getting my mail because I'm just not up to it. And all I have to do to get it is walk down the hallway, get in the elevator and walk a few feet to the box. And I can't even manage that every day.

    What about those of us who were exercise-aholics before we got sick? Why does that never count? You couldn't get me out of the gym.

    I guess we all just decided to be fat couch potatoes and have no life, no friends, no nothing. Yeah, that's it. What I wouldn't give to put these doctors in our shoes for awhile.
  16. charlenef

    charlenef New Member

    get a new dr what a jerk
  17. Debra49659

    Debra49659 New Member

    I am so glad that you can all enjoy the humor of this idiot...or course at the time the doctor and I were not laughing. Now, you, me and my fam can all have a good laugh at her expense!

  18. Juloo

    Juloo Member

    Following the link in this link and make a copy for your enthusiastic (yet uninformed) doctor.

    Also, if you can find it, there's an article in the library here on the importance of testing CFS-ers for two days in a row, which shows significant loss of energy, rather than one. That alone gives a pretty good idea why any of us need to take care in our energy output on a daily basis.

    It's Wesseley's work, so be sure and read Vernon's commentary by following the link after the article.

    I'll try and see if I can find a link to the other article as well.

    Okay -- here are the basics on post-exertional malaise as tested the day AFTER a cardio-pulmonary test on both CFS and controls:

    I think there's the whole article around someplace, but when I followed some links, it was unavailable.

    So, while these articles deal with CFS rather than FM, it's proof that exercise is not the one-cure-fits-all.[This Message was Edited on 06/07/2008]
  19. ellikers

    ellikers New Member

    Sorry for that horribly UNhelpful experience you had with that demented doctor!!

    Unfortunately that's essentially the response I got to, at first, when I was having CFIDS issues and trying to figure out what was going on with my body. My doctor asked if I was exercising and I said it was practically impossible since I could barely walked a couple blocks without panting and riding my bike at ALL caused me to be sick for days afterwards (I used to ride my bike as my only form of transportation, walked and hiked regularly, etc).

    And she said "well, becoming a couch potato won't help you"


    I do believe exercise can help our illnesses, but it has to be VERY CAREFUL and start slowly and increase very very very gradually so we don't cause flare ups, etc. You can't just lay a blanket expectation on us to walk a set number of miles or something, sheesh.

  20. harmony21

    harmony21 New Member

    I must admit I NEVER did like exercise but walking I can cope with but then things happened and i had to stop that too

    Iam wanting to start again in little bits but luckily my doctor believes going shopping, doing things around the house are sufficient

    angel hugs and blessings